University Counseling Center
The UCC provides the FCCU community brief psychological assessment, short term counseling, crisis intervention services and on going seminars and workshops. It also provides bibliotherapy to the members of FCCU community. There are some books and articles in UCC’s resource center that are used for this purpose. Moreover, under the banner of outreach program, UCC is geared towards providing services to various departments (both academic and non academic) on request in the form of seminars and workshops.
UCC provides brief Psychological Assessment services that allows clients to attain a better understanding of their emotional and behavioral concerns. The assessment procedure assists counselors in devising counseling plans that are suited to the unique individual needs of the clients.
We offer our services to different departments at FCCU through workshops and lectures on topics such as conflict management, team work, assertiveness training etc. Departments can contact us to arrange training workshops either for their students or staff members.
Individual Counseling is offered to members of the FCCU community and is based on one-on-one interaction with a professional in a safe and comfortable environment where confidentiality is ensured. The rationale is to deal with an individual’s immediate maladaptive emotions, beliefs and behaviors that are interfering with his or her daily functioning.
The UCC conducts seminars on a host of topics that promote mental wellbeing amongst the FCCU community. Guest speakers from various walks of life are invited to share their experiences and expertise with the student body.
UCC provides group counseling on topics like coping with exams, anxiety and anger management, smoking cessation etc. Group counseling caters to multiple counselees who are faced with similar issues and helps clients gain additional support and better insight about their respective concerns and makes them realize that they are not alone.
The UCC also remains equipped to provide short-term psychological care aimed at supporting individuals in acrisis situation, in order to restore their functionality and deal with any kind of psychological trauma.
UCC also provides help to members of the FCCU community through workshops in which multiple participants get the opportunity to engage in intensive discussion and participate in activities on a variety of issues such as: anger management, time management, procrastination, anxiety management etc.
UCC utilizes relevant literature including books, handouts, research articles and other self-help resources. Counselees are often given reading material that assists with the resolution of their concerns. Students who cannot take in counseling sessions are provided self-help literature that can help them deal with their psychological issues.
Book An Appointment
You may see the Counselor directly. In case the Counselor is busy or not in the office, you may take an appointment. Appointments are usually made by completing a ‘pre-counseling form’ which enables us to place you with an appropriate counselor as quickly as possible, this form is available at Mercy Health Center and you may also download it from the link below:
Frequently Asked Questions
UCC is a facility that provides help to members of the FCCU community to deal with concerns which they may not want to discuss with family, friends or with teachers. The Center provides individual and confidential counseling and may refer students to other professional if needed. This center does not deal with academic advising but with personal, social and emotional issues that students face in their lives.
When do you need to see a Counselor?
Many of us when in need of help, sort out their problems by talking to friends, family members or instructors. But there are times when this is not enough and you really need to seek help or maybe feel like talking to someone and want this to be confidential; in times like these it makes sense to see a Counselor.
What kind of issues can be helped through counseling?
As mentioned above mostly personal, emotional and identity problems can be helped through counseling. This may include anxiety, lack of motivation, lack of concentration, family issues, relationship issues, identity issues, adjustment issues, copying with exams, copying with stress, procrastination, anger management, bereavement, smoking cessation, drugs, self-harm, bullying and harassment. This list is not exhaustive. You make seek help for any psychological o behavioral problem.
Who can benefit from this service?
This service is available free of cost for all currently enrolled students, active staff and faculty members and for the residents of FCCU as well.
How can you approach the Counselor?
You may see the Counselor directly. In case the Counselor is busy or not in the office, you may take an appointment. Appointments are usually made by completing a ‘pre-counseling form’ which enables us to place you with an appropriate counselor as quickly as possible, this form is available at Mercy Health Center and you may also download it by clicking here.
What if it is urgent?
Yes, you may see the Counselor right away. If the Counselor is busy or not in his/her office, you may go to Mercy Health Center (first floor). This will help you contact the Counselor.
Is this confidential?
Yes, whatever is addressed and noted down including what you put in the pre-counseling form is confidential, nothing will be revealed to anyone outside the center. Except in the following circumstances, the Counselor reserves the right to break confidentiality.
- Counselor believes you are going to harm yourself.
- Counselor believes that you may harm someone else.
Even in these circumstances we would normally speak to you first before contacting a concerned person/s.
How long does a session last?
Typically, a session lasts for around 45 minutes, but there are times when shorter or longer sessions are arranged depending on the nature of the concern. A program of 12 sessions is offered to members of the FCCU community who sign up for counseling. The number of sessions can be increased or decreased depending upon the assessment of the counselors and the need of the counselees/clients.
Does my concern have to be a serious one to see a Counselor?
No, many personal and emotional concerns can be brought up to the counselor. Everyone has the right to make the best out of her/his life. Seeking counseling is about making positive choice to get help that you need. Please don’t wait until a concern turns into a problem. Let’s address it when something is relatively minor, so that it can be handled more quickly.
Can I change my Counselor if I want?
Requests for changing counselors are not entertained. The authority to make a referral to another counselor rests solely with a client’s assigned counselor. The referral can be made in instances where the goals of counseling are not being achieved due to a number of barriers in the communication process between a client and his or her counselor.
What if I am concerned about someone else?
If you are concerned about a friend, or relative, you are welcome to have a single consultation session with the Counselor to discuss your concerns. However, we may not be able to see you immediately, but we will do or best. You may call, text or Whatsapp on 0331-444-1518 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your concern.
Are there any other ways of approaching the Counselors? Can faculty members also refer students?
Yes. Instructors or advisors may refer students to the UCC by either personally bringing the student, through email or by filling out a referral form available outside the Counselor’s office. You may download the referral form by clicking on the link below:
What if more help is required than the Counseling center can provide?
If it is required, information is provided regarding the services available in the community. Referrals are made by the Counselor to a variety of psychological or psychiatric services in the community. Your Counselor would discuss this with you before making the referral case if this is the case. The UCC would not be responsible for either the assessment procedures or therapeutic interventions (e.g. medication) delivered by such external service providers.
What other services are available by the UCC?
The UCC provides the FCCU community brief psychological assessment service, short term individual and group counseling, crisis intervention services, ongoing workshops and seminars on a variety of topics. Moreover, The UCC also provides its services to various departments (both academic and nonacademic) on request, in the form of seminars and workshops. It also provides help in the form of bibliotherapy to the counselees/clients. Book, articles, chapters and handouts on various topics that are in the UCC’s book resource center are used for this purpose.
Self Help Handouts
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